I interviewed Woody for my radio show when he came out to Australia in early '81. He was certainly articulate and confident - when we discussed the "king' lineage of the trumpet (Louis to Diz to Miles etc), he was quite willing to have his name placed as the latest in the line. He spoke with great warmth about Clifford Brown and Fats Navarro as inspirations and talked about other (world) forms of music he was listening to in those days.
Your point is a very good one: He was a superb talent (I've just this week been listening to his fine work with Joe Henderson in the late '70s) ;
Woody Shaw must not be forgotten.